Monday Night Readings

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7:30 pm at SPC

Lynn Emanuel has published 5 books of poetry Noose and Hook, poetry (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010), Then, Suddenly—, (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999), The Dig, (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992) for which she won the National Poetry Series Prize, Hotel Fiesta, (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1984), Oblique Light, (Pittsburgh: Slow Loris Press, 1979). She has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Eric Matthieu King Award from the Academy of American Poets, and has been awarded a Pushcart Prize. Her poems have been published in literary magazines and journals including Parnassus, The American Poetry Review, Poetry, Boston Review, Harvard Review, The Hudson Review, Slate, and Ploughshares, and in anthologies including The Best American Poetry anthologies in 1994, l995, l998, 1999, and 2000, and the Oxford Book of American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2006). She is Director of the Writing Program, and Director of the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series, and a professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. She has also taught at the Warren Wilson Program in Creative Writing, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Watch video of her reading “Desire” here [].

Cheryl Dumesnil is the winner of the 2008 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, Cheryl Dumesnil is the author of In Praise of Falling, editor of Hitched! Wedding Stories from San Francisco City Hall, and co-editor, with Kim Addonizio, of Dorothy Parker’s Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos. Her poems have appeared in Nimrod, Indiana Review, Calyx, and Many Mountains Moving, among other literary magazines. Her essays have appeared on,, and in Hip Mama Zine. For over fifteen years she has taught creative writing at universities, conferences, K-12 schools, and in private settings. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her wife and their two sons.

In Praise of Falling

God bless the sound of truck tires
rolling over black walnuts—
that pop—half puncture, half
percussion—down beat in the song
of falling leaves. And yes, bless that
inedible nut, the green globe turning
between the ground squirrel’s
rodent hands.  Let’s praise them all:
the lawn mower projectile walnut,
the maker of dents in car roofs
walnut, that whole minefield
of ankle twisters littering
the exposed aggregate walkway
to the front door. And don’t forget
our friend the squirrel—ever hopeful,
nibbling off the nut’s leathery rind,
ever stumped by the wooden shell
inside.  Yes, let’s bless the squirrel.
And how about that crow
now street fighting the scrub jay
over the smear of bitter meat
smashed into the asphalt
by the neighbor’s SUV. Oh hell,
 let’s bless everything that falls
in this autumn yard—those
Granny Smith apples saucing themselves
in the driveway gravel, the yellow
leaves spinning like a Sufi mystic’s skirt
on their way down, and this swarm of
                     barn swallows diving, again and again,
like lovers who should know better by now.

Melissa Stein and Sharon Campbell Read on Feb 28 at SPC

7:30pm at 1719 25th Street, Free

MELISSA STEIN’s poetry collection Rough Honey won the 2010 APR/Honickman First Book Prize, selected by Mark Doty, and was published by American Poetry Review in association with Copper Canyon Press. Her poems have appeared in The Southern Review, New England Review, Best New Poets 2009, Harvard Review, North American Review, and many other journals and anthologies. She has received residency fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Djerassi Foundation, and her work has won awards from Spoon River Poetry Review, Literal Latte, and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation, among others. She holds an MA in creative writing from the University of California at Davis, and is a freelance editor and writer in San Francisco.

SHARON CAMPBELL studied the Great Books at St. John’s College and the University of Chicago, where she also practiced the art of translating poetry, mostly from Russian. While she has done lots of academic writing, she repressed the creative urge until she met her Muse in the spring of 2009. Her poem, “Little Boy Blue,” won first prize in the 2010 Jack Kerouac Poetry Contest and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared recently in the Blue Moon Review, Song of the San Joaquin, and the forthcoming issue of The Mom Egg. She writes about motherhood, loss, love, jazz and the high desert.

Please join me in welcoming former Sacramento poet laureate, Julia Connor, and former Marin poet laureate, Albert Flynn DeSilver, to the Sacramento Poetry Center for a reading on November 8, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

Hosted by current Sacramento poet laureate, Bob Stanley.


The reading for Monday, Nov. 8 2010 has been canceled.